Call for Papers

Symposium of Sound
‘The rest is silence’

Durham University
3rd-4th September 2018

Keynote speakers and performers:
Professor Helen Abbott, Department of Modern Languages, University of Birmingham
Dr Edward Allen, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge
Aurélia Lassaque, bilingual poet and singer in French and Occitan

The Symposium of Sound is a two-day conference supported by Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. We invite abstracts for papers of twenty minutes in length on the theme of ‘sound’: its creation, imitation, and its relationship with language. Proposals may range across fields of study, with interdisciplinary approaches particularly welcome in areas such as literature, music, performance and creative practice, modern languages, and linguistics. Topics may include but are not limited to:

Utterance, verbal and non-verbal
Metre, rhythm, and rhyme
Timbre and voicing
Pitch and tone
Echo and imitation
Song and lyric in performance and on the page
Phonetics and phonology
Soundscapes and sounds in place
Orality and aurality
Dialect and vernacularity
Gossip, rumour and bruit
Sound media (including radio and film)
Repetition and repetitiveness

Silence and the absence of sound

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words and a short biography to by 14th June 2018.

Registration for the conference is free.